Hi, my name is Michelle and I am a BACP registered integrative therapeutic counsellor. My specialism and passion is working with people with the overwhelming feelings of pain, anger, despair and confusion that a bereavement or a loss brings up.
A loss of any kind can cause you to feel anxious, low and unsure. I will be committed to helping you to lessen and manage your often negative and anxious thoughts and feelings . As a integrative counsellor with a diploma in CBT, I can help you understand the connection between the way you think, feel and behave.
What can you expect as my client
After you have contacted me, we will arrange a free of charge, telephone, introductory session at a convenient time. You can then tell me why you think counselling will help and what you hope to achieve. If we are a good fit, we can arrange a start date. I work face to face, online or on the telephone. I offer short and long term therapy. Sessions initially take place weekly. I will provide a warm, safe space for you to talk, to think, to express your thoughts and feelings and tell your story. I will listen to you. I will not judge you. I support you whilst you explore and try to make sense of what is happening and help you to look for better ways to cope. You and I will work together as a team towards achieving your goal. We will work at a pace that is right for you.
The issues that I work with
Although my specialisms are working with anxiety, self esteem, loss, grief, bereavement and supporting carers of those living with dementia, I have experience counselling clients presenting with a wide range of issues including abuse, anger, chronic illnesses, depression, low mood, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, relationships and stress.
I volunteer at Cruse Bereavement Care where I support bereaved clients.
Being trained as an integrative counsellor means that I will adapt my counselling approach and use the counselling model that is the most suitable to your needs. You and your needs are at the centre of my work. I often use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my work as it examines the links between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and it includes the use of tools and strategies to try and help make the changes that you want.
How counselling can help
Admitting that you are struggling and need some support can be frightening. I understand that. However, often the scariest thing is asking for help. When you contact me, I will do my best to put you at ease and make things feel as safe as possible. You can talk and I will listen. Talking things through with a person that fits with you can be lifechanging.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
- Clinical Supervisor in training
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- CPCAB Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling
- CTAA Accredited Relationship Counselling Diploma
- Certificate of Achievement Dementia Care
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Accredited Practitioner Training
- Assisting Clients with Subsequent Pregnancies After Loss Accredited Practitioner Training
- Bereavement Volunteer at Cruse Bereavement Care
- Other training and continuing professional development:
- Training in telephone and online counselling
- Relationships and infertility
- Major Incident Training
- Working with trauma
- Working with clients with long term/chronic illnesses and pain
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If you are experiencing or are recovering from breast surgery I can support you. I understand that it can be a difficult and confusing time. A time full of fear and overwhelming emotions.
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free initial telephone consultation.
My session fees are £45 by bank transfer for a 50 minute session.
Concessions may be available. Please ask when you contact me.
Fees are payable within 48 hours of the end of the session.
A cancellation fee of £20 applies for a pre-booked session cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Please leave me a voicemail, text or email and I will respond within 48 hours.